Using manuscript sources for British history

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Olney, R. J. ; Historical Manuscripts Commission (1995)
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This article tells you how to use manuscript sources for British History. It was written in 1995 by RJ Olney from the Historical Manuscripts Commission.
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    12. Accessions to repositories and reports added to the National Register of Archives (1957- 92). (Earlier lists of accessions were published in the Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research 1923-53 and the Bulletin of the National Register of Archives 1954-6. Since 1993 returns from repositories have not been published in this form, but subject lists appear in a number of specialist journals. Lists of reports added to the NRA, published with Accessions 1972- 93, now appear as appendices to the HMC's Annual Review, which also carries short articles on individual collections.)

    13. Government publications, Sectional List 17: publications of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (last revised 1984). (Although not recently reprinted, still a useful guide to the complexities of the Reports and Calendars series. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, UNIPUB (HMSO's North American agent) or the HMC itself can supply details of titles in print.)

    14. Guide to the location of collections described in the Reports and Calendars series 1870- 1980 (Guides to Sources for British History no 3, 1982).

    15. Archives, 1949- . (Journal of the British Records Association.)

    16. Journal of the Society of Archivists (1955-).

    17. Archivum (1953- ). Journal of the International Council on Archives.

    18. Emmison, FG and Smith, WJ, Materials for theses in local record offices (Historical Association Helps for Students of History no 87, revised 1979).

    19. Hardy, Thomas D, Descriptive catalogues of materials relating to the history of Great Britain and Ireland, to the end of the reign of Henry VII (3 vols, Rolls Series, 1862-71).

    20. National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United Kingdom and Ireland (microfiche, Chadwyck-Healey Ltd, 1985-). (Reproduces finding aids in repositories, including some not held in the National Register of Archives: see the introductory booklet, 1985.)

    21. Elton, GR, England 1200-1640 (The Sources of History: studies in the uses of historical evidence, 1969).

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